The State of Biking in Detroit [realdetroit]

Its 5 a.m. and I'm dragging myself out of bed to get ready for work. It's cold and dark. I finish the ritual of the morning and start the other ritual. I get dressed and throw on my reflective leg strap, helmet, gloves and lock. I hit the streets. Most people might not look forward to riding a bike at this hour, but I know the streets are empty. I take off, turn right onto Trumbull and immediately hit the bike lane. Now what's crazy is that I've become accustomed to having a bike lane. You see, until a couple of years ago we didn't even have bike lanes. Now when I ride, I don't even pay attention to the fact that in the last two years, bike lanes have grown. Detroit's offerings have expanded to a total of 55 miles since the city started to install paths in 2008.

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